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The Blue Stone: A Journey Through Life

by Jimmy Liao

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A beautiful blue stone has existed in the jungle for an eternity. Man comes along, sees the beauty, breaks it in two and takes it with him to use as it suits him. To be fair, many of the creations chiseled and carved from the stone are themselves works of art. But the stone is never happy, it's heart is broken as it gets ever smaller in each reincarnation. It wants to be home. After a turn as a small heart necklace given in love, it crumbles when the love is lost, turns to dust and is blown over deserts and oceans and finally, all the way home. An unusually long picture book, it is moving and full of longing. Love it, but haven't done a read aloud with it yet..... ( )
  oapostrophe | Nov 16, 2009 |
The Blue Stone. By: Brommer, Shawn, School Library Journal, 03628930, Aug2008, Vol. 54, Issue 8
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LIAO, Jimmy.
The Blue Stone.
adapt. by Sarah L. Thomson. illus. by author. unpaged.
CIP. Little, Brown. 2008. Tr $16.99.
ISBN 978-0-316-11383-0. LC 2007031073.

Gr 1-5 --A blue stone begins its journey after lying in a forest for thousands of years. When people see it, they marvel at its beauty, split it into two, and take half away. It is carved into a large elephant, and even though people love the sculpture, the stone remembers its home, its heart breaks, and it crumbles into many pieces. Throughout the rest of the book, the stone is continually rediscovered and re-created into different, smaller artworks, its beauty hidden by coats of paint. Each time, its heart breaks, until it is nothing but specks of dust that float away, finally settling back in the original forest next to its other half. Similar in tone to Liao's The Sound of Colors (Little, Brown, 2005), this moody, atmospheric picture book explores complex themes of sadness and loss. The deep gem tones of the watercolor illustrations depict a mysterious, lonely world and effectively portray nighttime scenes. The book approaches the threshold of melancholia, but never quite topples over the brink. Instead, it is a quiet examination of time and space, heartbreak and woe, and, ultimately, a contemplation of heart and self. When shared with students, this sophisticated work could lead to discussions about creativity, the heroic quest to find one's way back home, the changes that occur on the journey of self-discovery, and the need to find one's place in the world.

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By Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI

Edited By Trevelyn E. Jones, Editor; Luann Toth, Managing Editor; Marlene Charnizon, Associate Editor; Daryl Grabarek, Contributing Editor; Henrietta Thornton-Verma, Contributing Editor and Dale Raben, Assistant Editor
  lhackstaff | Oct 27, 2009 |
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From internationally renowned author and illustrator Jimmy Liao comes a new enchanting and evocative journey. Breathtaking illustrations and a haunting story take readers on a wondrous voyage around the world.

A large, beautiful blue stone is discovered in a forest. It is cut in half, and one half stays in the forest while the other starts on a long and mystical journey through many places, many owners, and many transformations. It begins as a statue of an elephant, admired by museum goers, and then becomes a carved bird residing in an elderly woman's garden. It becomes a moon, a cat, a necklace, and more, until it finally returns to the forest. The Blue Stone is a powerful tale of different life paths and possibilities, a longing for home, and love.

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A beautiful stone that has lain in the forest for thousands of years is split in two, and one half goes on a long journey through many places, many owners, and many transformations, its heart continually breaking as it longs for home.

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